Governors and lawmakers from the Southeast region of Nigeria, along with the Igbo sociocultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, have decided to send a delegation to President Bola Tinubu seeking his intervention in addressing the security challenges in the zone. The decision was made during an emergency meeting held at the Imo State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja.
Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, who hosted the meeting, emphasized that insecurity is the greatest challenge currently facing the Southeast region. The stakeholders acknowledged that while the federal government has provided some support in the past, there is a need for increased intervention. They expressed their intention to visit the President to discuss the security situation and seek his assistance, considering that security is under the purview of the federal government.
Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, emphasized that the Southeast governors, lawmakers, and Ohanaeze are working together to find lasting solutions to the challenges faced by the people. He reiterated that the problem of insecurity in the region requires the support and collaboration of the federal government.
The meeting also reportedly discussed issues related to the sit-at-home orders, the continued detention of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, and the self-styled Biafra Prime Minister, Simon Ekpa. It was agreed upon to send a delegation to meet with President Tinubu within the next two weeks to address these matters and seek his intervention.
Participants in the meeting included the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, Governor Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi State, former Governor Chris Ngige of Anambra State, and other notable political figures from the Southeast region.